(ConservativeHub.com) – In December, illegal border crossings reached another record high with more than 250,000 encounters. President Biden has now announced stricter border enforcement policies in order to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection data showed 251,487 encounters over the course of December, marking a 7 percent increase from November. The head of CBP, however, has claimed that despite this increase, the measures put in place appear to be working effectively. The release from the CBP also states that the reason for the increase in crossings has been caused by the people escaping from “authoritarian regimes” in Nicaragua and Cuba.
In fact, around 36 percent of the encounters on the southern border are from people originating from these two countries. Twenty-four percent of encounters came from Mexico or other northern Central American countries.
As the Biden administration is trying to get the border crisis under control, they have announced stricter measures that will help limit the number of illegal crossings. However, the new measures announced by the administration have faced criticism from both sides.
As part of the new measures, people from Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Haiti are not allowed to apply for asylum if they cross the border without prior authorization. Title 42 is also going to continue being enforced for the time being. Title 42 is a Trump-era measure that allows immigrants to be expelled faster due to public health concerns.
The DHS also proposed that migrants should have to seek asylum from the countries they’re traveling through in order to seek protection from the US, according to a January 5 press release.
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